Resolving Your Small Claims Case in California - Chapter 3


If you win the case and the judge issues a judgment in your favor, you can collect your judgment. You cannot start collecting until:

  1. The time to appeal runs out (30 days after entry of the judgment); or

  2. If there was an appeal and you won, after the appeal decision (judgment) is sent back to the small claims court, usually about 10 days after the appeal decision.

The court will not collect the money for you. But the court will issue the orders and other documents you may need to collect your judgment from the debtor (the party that owes you money). Keep in mind that not all judgments are collectable because the debtor may not have any income or property of value.